Volvo Ocean Race: 24-hour pit-stop in The Hague
An exciting 24-hour pit-stop which will bring fans to within touching distance of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 boats has been introduced for the final leg in the iconic Dutch port of The Hague.
The news will delight fans in The Netherlands who were already celebrating last month the entrance of Team Brunel for the 12th edition starting on October 4 this year and the follow-up revelation that the professional training company Schouten Global is planning their own Dutch campaign in 2017-18.
The boats are due to arrive on Friday, June 19, 2015 after sailing from the French port of Lorient and then continue racing the following day with a resumption with the same time gaps between them as when they arrived.
The public can get close to the boats and the sailors as they watch the clock tick and get ready to hoist the sails again and complete the final leg of the nine-month marathon in Gothenburg, Sweden.
For Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad, the choice about where to stage the pit-stop was easy.
“The Netherlands is, like New Zealand, a place where sailing in general and the Volvo Ocean Race in particular has a high awareness and a long history. We want to support that,” said Frostad.
Karsten Klein, City Council Member of Sports, Youth and Welfare for The Hague: “I am very proud that the Volvo Ocean Race chose our city as the only pit-stop in the 2014-15 edition.
“The Hague has a long sailing and watersports tradition and the pit-stop fits perfectly. It is not only a sportive highlight, but also a top sporting event for the whole city and its inhabitants.”
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